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  • appears to be the first community-friendly registrar, who integrates a wiki in his site, where we can enter a public dialogue, in the spirit of TheWikiWay. I am not affiliated with, but I entered into a public wiki dialogue with via their wiki, a similar MediaWiki powered wiki: fridemar 11:09, 5 March 2008 (PST)
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Questions about

URL forwarding?

Caleb: Fridemar brought up a good question in an email: What is the difference/benefit of using masked/redirect URL forwarding? The difference is that Masked URL forwarding will forward your domain to a specific URL, while continuing to display your domain name in the address bar. The actual URL where the domain is forwarding to will not be displayed to the user. An example, if you type in your address bar:, and has masked URL forwarding active, the domain name will go to another website, lets say, but the address bar will still read Where if had redirecting URL forwarding active and you typed in: in your address bar, it would forward the user to the website that it has been pointed to, and the actual URL where the domain is pointing will be displayed in the address bar. In the example above, you would see it change to: URL forwarding may be useful if you have multiple domain names that differ only in their extension (or, using the technical term: Top Level Domain). In other words lets say I registered the domain names,,,,,, and all the other possible extensions but I only had one website built at By using URL forwarding I can make sure that all the caleb websites were exactly the same by pointing them to

Thank you,

Fridemar: Thank you Caleb for answering my question in public. This helps to make our email communication much more efficient. If somebody else asks you similar questions, then you can give them a link in the wiki, where not only this question has an answer, but also the asking person can pose follow up questions. In a friendly community like, there might be another client of, who could give an answer, that helps you to make your work easier; only on incorrect answers (which is rarely the case) you need to interfere; otherwise you only need to keep an eye on it. Another advantage is to build trustful relations to your user base, where you can answer up to the minute relevant questions, e.g: DomainRegistrarTransfer#InfoDomainsActionPrice fridemar 15:01, 16 May 2008 (PDT)


Fridemar: Caleb, this is a real question and at the same time an example, how wiki is superior to email. Moreover: your friendly public answer and your great action price for Info Domains at 2.99 US$ motivated me to make another transfer to Even if my current registrar offered me the same price, I would still prefer to transfer to you. As in the default transfer-form this action price is not updated, you would do your new transfer-clients a favor, if you could affirm my guess, that the action-price carries over to the transfer. Please have a look to my PublicEmailToNameSecure1, if this can be done. fridemar 15:17, 16 May 2008 (PDT)

Do you offer a lowcost domain-ownership escrow-service?

Fridemar:Do you (plan/offer) an escrow service for transfering domain-ownership? Or can you recommend a partner who offers this? My heuristics to do it right, is inspired by the 200 million OLPC kids. It is important that the least favored people get maximal security, when selling their heart-blood, so to say. Fridemar 12:47, 7 March 2008 (MST)

Cottontail: Agreed, agreed. We used to offer one but it was risky and costly. However, many of our customers use such services as those provided by Cottontail 12:53, 7 March 2008 (MST)

Do you plan or offer reduced action prices for transfering domains? (especially, if they are from several registrars of current record)

Cottontail: I guess our transfers are already at cost :( Sorry! Please let me know if I can help at all. 20:20 11 March 2008 (MST)

Fridemar: So what does it cost to transfer a couple of *.org,*.com,*.net,*.biz- domains and one *.cc domain to you for one year? Say for 20, 30, 50, 100 domains? You offer special conditions for first time users? By the way, do you give a special bonus, if such a transfer is made as a transparent act in the sense of fair OpenBusiness, where the losing registrars and (in this case you = the winning registrar is published in your wiki. This is imho the best and most convincing form of a testimonial for the community-friendlyness of the target registrar. Fridemar 17:12, 12 March 2008 (MDT)

Cottontail: .COM, .NET, $5.99 .ORG, .NAME, .BIZ, .US $7.99 .INFO, $2.99 .CN, $2.99 for non-IDN registrations .MOBI, $12.99 First time users get first time friendliness :) We would like to offer some discounts, but we're so discounted as it stands, we can't afford to.... As for OpenBusiness policies -- hadn't really thought about it... Hm..

Fridemar: Welcome Clarissa here on AboutUs.Org, now after we had a longer dialogue on, in which you not only showed friendlyness and competence but also your Realname, which is definitely an advantage in an OpenBusiness wiki like fridemar 17:01, 14 March 2008 (PDT)

Really Transfer for one year without a fly in the ointment?

Fridemar: Do I understand it right, that clients with a registrar, who would charge them, say 9.80US$ /domain for prolonging them for another year, now can transfer all their critical domains to for

  • the above given low prices
  • just for another one year, without being forced to do this for at least two years? (or something similar). fridemar 17:01, 14 March 2008 (PDT)

Clarissa: Yes, no ointment, no flies, nothing naughty like that. Bill really believes in (1) really really good customer service and (2) keeping prices as low as possible. You're paying for the transfer of the name, which includes a year renewal.

Transfer from different registrars?

Fridemar: If clients have different registrars of current record, do your favorable conditions extent to the combined transfer from 2 registrars? Or does the transfer from the first registrar automatically destroy the status "First time user"? Is there a convenience intervall of some days that would accept to offer the same low-cost transfer under the status "First time user"? (In the Wikipedia I once read, some "bad guy" losing registrars try to expand their hold time in an undue manner). fridemar 17:01, 14 March 2008 (PDT)

Clarissa: Hmmmm.... I'm not sure I quite understand :) The "first time user" and the "long time user" should both get v. low prices and lots of kindness... Do clarify?, 13:48, 19 March 2008 (MST)

Fridemar: Thank you Clarissa. Before I go into the details, I ask you for a favor to me and the community members, who want to benefit or even participate in this OpenBusiness-dialogue/Multilogue. Please install your free PersonalPage at to authenticate your answers. Without this, it doesn't build the trust, that deserves. E.g. I was notified by: "Anonymous" modified the DomainRegistrarTransfer page. After you have registered here, you only need to sign with four tildes, to get your signature and the date and time stamp. From time to time we bilink to your name wiki to give additional authentication.

Now to the details: Currently offers transfer and one year renewal for first time users for 5.99 US$. I currently have the following registrars and, who AFAIK don't offer Wiki-Community engagement yet. If somebody from there as myself wants to transfer say ca. 80 domains from NameSecure and less than 10 domains from GoDaddy, do they get that done for 5.99 US$ both for each TDL domain involved? (Not that after transfering the first 80 domains, I lose my "first time user" status.) fridemar 16:12, 25 March 2008 (PDT)

Clarissa: Sorry, I was a wee-bit confused by this. Transfer price: $5.99/name -- no matter the number, no matter the registrar. Make sense? Did I miss the question? Some fancy TLDs (.cn) might cost more -- but .org/net/com -- no trouble. And yes, that includes the 1yr/renewal. The next year it goes back to $7.99... And, alas, I finally made a page: Clarissa. Hurrah!
Clarissa Caldwell 14:53, 26 March 2008 (MST)

Fridemar: Congratulations. Yeah! Thanks so much, Clarissa. Your presence here (representing is a great jump towards Web 2.0 domain registrar culture. Your answer is more than satisfying, because you even guessed the implicit question about the follow-up fee. Your public answer in this wiki makes wiki-aware people more confident to change to a mind-compatible registrar team :-)

What about domains, paid in advance for a longer period?

Fridemar: Considering prepaid domains at the current registrar, with an uncritical expiration some date more in the future: Is the renewal fee of the new target registrar added up, starting at the current expiration date? E.g. If a domain expires Dec. 2008, is it prolonged until Dec. 2009 then? fridemar 15:52, 26 March 2008 (PDT)

Clarissa: ... Yes, exactly. If your domain expires in Jan 2011, the new expiration will be Jan 2012. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions during this transition -- I know it's scary making such a big move. We're glad you decided to give us a try :) Clarissa Caldwell 11:09, 27 March 2008 (MST)

What about supporting selling/buying domains in

Fridemar: Dear Clarissa, now comes the most challenging question, before my transition. My heart is beating... :-) So I must prepare to give you some context. When building another article in DiigoBlogs, I found to my great surprise, that the domain of, registered by is offered for sale within As presumably many (myself included) would like to see an additional friendly lowcost alternative for the targeted 200 million OLPC kids (and beyond), how about listing this or a similar template to support the sell/buy process? Sticking to the core-values of Transparency,WorkInPublic, the transaction costs could be drastically reduced by doing this as OpenBusiness. I have reserved and dedicated nearly all my guts and energies to work out and realize in public the details of a model to OlpcWiki:CreatingAndSharingWealth. In this scenario I feel that and could play a key role. fridemar 12:22, 27 March 2008 (PDT)

Clarissa: Let me chat with Bill and get back to you. I promise not to disappear... Clarissa Caldwell 9:53, 31 March 2008 (MST)

Fridemar:: Hey Clarissa, nothing disappears in the universe, it (the energy pattern) can only be transformed :-). So let's look forward to a favorable transformation, where we all keep influencing each other (hopefully) along the best possible trajectory. Perhaps User_talk:TedErnst#Co-Elaborating_the_Web might support the open process. fridemar 17:42, 31 March 2008 (PDT)

Will have a representation like Godaddy?

Fridemar: Will at least be represented with their link and a make offer-link (to Network-Solutions or alternative?) similar like shown on (upper right corner)?

Clarissa: Ehhhh... I don't quite know -- you mean when we set up a marketplace? I guess we're not quite sure yet how it will work...

Can domain registrants change the ownership themselves?

Fridemar: Does allow their clients to transfer domain-ownership as a zero-cost DoitYourSelf activity? E.g. claims this on NameSecure:Free-Change-Registration. "Unlike some registrars, NameSecure lets you make changes to your domain -- including change of registrant". fridemar 12:22, 27 March 2008 (PDT) fridemar 14:36, 27 March 2008 (PDT)

Clarissa: ... Yes, certainly -- free internal transfers between accounts. You can also do sub-accounts, or have separate contacts for each domain in a particular account if you wish (separate from the account default info). Clarissa Caldwell 20:25, 27 March (MST)

Do you support or recommend domain buy/sell communities?

Fridemar: .. like e.g.,, who use zero-cost forum transactions (based on an intermediary currency NP$, DN$), that could perhaps be integrated into fridemar 12:22, 27 March 2008 (PDT)

Clarissa: Hmm... I can't say we support/endorse any, no. We do plan on building one. We say this will happen in the not-so distant future, but I think it will be awhile. We're currently rewriting the registrar code -- to make it cleaner, neater, better -- and we'll be redoing the look, too. Again, simple is superior. So all that needs to happen, and needs to happen perfectly before we get the marketplace going. Certainly, AboutUs could host such a thing... Best of luck!! Clarissa Caldwell 15:10, 27 March 2008 (MST)

Did my public email (CC)-part reach you?

Fridemar: Clarissa, it's a wonderful experience to make open business with real, friendly and constructive people. Now let's see, if other registrars can catch up with Web 2.0 aware registrar, which you represent here :-)

Clarissa: Tis our pleasure -- sorry I've been less prompt of late...



Dear support a, if a customer, who holds an account at your company, sells a domain-name to a person, who has an account at, say, how do we proceed?

For convenience I ask you this as OpenEmail, leaving a copy at

Please answer me by email for authentification, such that I can put this verified answer in DomainRegistrarTransfer. Here you can verify it.

The benefit of public posting (as an example of Web2.0 oriented OpenBusiness ) in is for all interacting parties:

  • Community-friendly registrars get more public focus.
  • Community members get more insight and participation

All parties get

  • more expressing power, by using the MediaWikiEngine of Aboutus
  • the protection of an excellent business-friendly patrolled wiki.

fridemar 14:27, 16 July 2008 (PDT)


is not possible, because in its TOS, links to its pages are prohibited and his site is not for commercial, but only for private use. Sorry. fridemar 14:53, 16 July 2008 (PDT)

fridemar 14:27, 16 July 2008 (PDT)


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